The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 12.1 (GNOME) - Page 4

7.1 Install kdewebdev4 package

There is only kdewebdev3 available in the repositories we have enabled so far. To install the kdewebdev4, go here and click on the kdewebdev4-4.7.2-2.1.2.src.rpm link to download the package. Select Open with Install/Remove Software (default).

Afterwards confirm with Install.

Click Continue to confirm the modification of other software.


7.2 Finish The VirtualBox Installation

To finish the VirtualBox installation (we've already installed the virtualbox-ose package), we need to add our desktop user (howtoforge in my case) to the vboxusers group. To do this, open a terminal and become root:


Run the following command...

usermod -G vboxusers howtoforge

... and log out of your desktop and back in for the changes to take effect.


7.3 Flash Player and Java Plugins

To see if the Flash Player has been installed correctly, open Firefox and type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 11.1 r102) and Java among them:


7.4 TrueType Fonts

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor like LibreOffice. You should now find your new Windows fonts there:


8 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again.

Our inventory should now look like this:

[x] Gimp
[x] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Chromium
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Empathy
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[ ] Helix Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] Bluefish
[x] Kompozer
[x] Quanta Plus

[x] VirtualBox
[x] TrueType Fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write Support for NTFS Partitions

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From: sofie at: 2011-12-28 10:31:19

Thanks again Falko.

From: Joseph at: 2011-11-27 04:55:40

Some of the text feels left over from earlier guides - that said, the earlier guides were very nice. For instance, Flash is at version 11, but the guide lists version 10. Also, there's no need to go through a terminal, wget, etc. to get Google Earth anymore. An rpm or deb for Google Earth is available from and you can install it with PackageKit or zypper or rpm. While this isn't strictly relevant, Google Picassa is no longer being actively developed for Linux. The lastest available version is a beta of 3.0 while Windows has 3.8. In that case, if a user is still using Picassa on Windows they might want to run 3.8 with WINE rather that substitute the inferior Linux version. As is Picassa might not continue as a desktop application anyway in the future.

 Despite those minor quibbles,great article - it's excellent for showing to people who make knee-jerk comments about it's not really possible (for anyone) to switch to Linux because some (unnamed) software they (and usually an implied everyone else) use isn't available. Most of the programs you're installing have Windows versions and are probably being used by most Windows users now, and the others are equal or better replacements of other Windows free software - such as k3b for InfraRecorder or CDBurnerXP. 

From: nagyp at: 2011-12-10 10:07:16

During following the tutorial, Java didn't appear for me in FIrefox when entering about:plugins.

So I installed it like described on the following page (12.1 x86_64):